|Price: £ 14,99
|Reviewed by: Soren
||Date: 2/12 2003
Quick-Review: It's Your Move
This book is a reprint of the first version that came in 2000. I
only had the time and opportunity to review the book now because the
first edition burned! I reviewed the book "Improvers
- It's Your Move" which contains easier puzzles than
you can find in this book. The main readership for that book was
people ranging between ELO 1300 and ELO 1800. This book is aimed for
players with an ELO between 1500 and 2000.
To each puzzle you get 5 different explanations from the
- "Ambitious" Andy
- "Ballistic" Bob
- "Cautious" Carol
- "Devious" Dave
- "Steady" Eddy
The best move is awarded 10 points, but also some of the other
moves are often given points from 1-5. It is always very interesting
to read Ward's books and this book is no exception. It is basically
a puzzle-book, but Ward's idea with the 5 "experts" is very
interesting and it works well here. The 50 puzzles are middlegames
positions taken from top-level games. Recommend!
An Example From the Book
Test Five - Q2
Position after 21...Rfc8
White to move
In this very tactical middlegame White has several options. Which is
The amazing 22.fxe7 is Andy's choice. Yes, rather than take either
the bishop or the rook he prefers to create the threat of 23.e8Q.
In tying one black rook to the back rank Andy believes that he is
destined to win material soon anyhow.
Straight to the point for Bob. After 22.fxg7 Rxc2+ 23.Qxc2 Rxc2+
24.Kxc2, despite an extra pawn or two, the black queen will be no
match for White's armada of pieces.
It has to be 22.bxc3 for Carol who gives an absolutely priority to
eliminating one of the powerful doubled black rooks.
Dave has decided to ignore both en prise black pieces at the moment
in favor of 22.Kb1. He really likes White's position and wants to
avoid a perpetual check.
Rather than expose his king position just now, Eddy wants to defend
the c2-pawn with 22.Rd2. This gives his king a safe escape route
and, having sorted that situation out, he will then still retain
both f6xg7 and b2xc3.
That's it! You now have all the answers and to me most of them seems
very reasonable. However, only one of the explanations are correct. The
solution can be found in the book - if you have to much trouble
then you can try to send me an e-mail. An enjoyable chess-puzzle